Ford C Max - C Max 1.5 or 2lt auto diesel ? - Roogy

Im replacing my ageing Cmax 2 ltr manual. I want to buy an auto but cant decide between the 1.5 or 2.0 litre. Will i miss the power of the 2 litre if i get a 1.5, does it feel sluggish to owners on here. Whats it like at motorway speeds?. Any views welcome please.

Ford C Max - C Max 1.5 or 2lt auto diesel ? - badbusdriver

I'm afraid I wouldn't be that keen on an auto version of either, as they both use a dual clutch automated manual (DCT).

As to the power, depends on how you drive, but unless you are driving like a boy racer and always have to be in front of everyone else, or tow a heavy trailer/caravan, I can't see the 120bhp of the 1.5 being a problem. Certainly not cruising at motorway speeds.

Ford C Max - C Max 1.5 or 2lt auto diesel ? - Roogy

I'm afraid I wouldn't be that keen on an auto version of either, as they both use a dual clutch automated manual (DCT).

As to the power, depends on how you drive, but unless you are driving like a boy racer and always have to be in front of everyone else, or tow a heavy trailer/caravan, I can't see the 120bhp of the 1.5 being a problem. Certainly not cruising at motorway speeds.

Thanks for your help, whats the problem with the DCT - is that the powershift ? I thought it provided smoother gear changes?

Ford C Max - C Max 1.5 or 2lt auto diesel ? - elekie&a/c doctor
Interesting read here : www.caranddriver.com/news/a27438193/ford-powershif.../
Ford C Max - C Max 1.5 or 2lt auto diesel ? - badbusdriver

Thanks for your help, whats the problem with the DCT - is that the powershift ? I thought it provided smoother gear changes?

Basically, they are more likely to be unreliable.

If you were buying new, I wouldn't have such an issue with the reliability side of it, as this can and will vary a lot depending on how it is driven (and of course you'd have a warranty of at least three years). For example, motorway miles should be absolutely fine, putting minimum stress on everything. But how would you find out how a 2nd hand car has been driven?. So unless you are buying a car you know (from a friend or relative) has been driven with care, and not like a loon!.

As to smoothness, not really. They can be pretty smooth, but a torque converter (T/C) auto will be smoother, as well as more reliable. I read a lot of motoring magazines, which, along with comments on the forum from owners or folk who have taken a test drive, paint a picture of indecisive hunting about for the right gear and delayed reactions.

Ford C Max - C Max 1.5 or 2lt auto diesel ? - SLO76
Forget anything with Fords fragile Powershift gearbox. There have been several class actions across the globe against Ford for this gearbox and finally they’ve replaced it with a much more robust torque converter box in the latest cars. It’s one to avoid.
 

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